FINANCE CODE


TITLE 4. REGULATION OF INTEREST, LOANS, AND FINANCED TRANSACTIONS


SUBTITLE B. LOANS AND FINANCED TRANSACTIONS


CHAPTER 351. PROPERTY TAX LENDERS


SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 351.001. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the Property Tax Lender License Act.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.002. DEFINITIONS.In this chapter:

(1) "Property tax lender" means a person that engages in activity requiring a license under Section 351.051. The term does not include:

(A) a person who is sponsored by a licensed property tax lender to assist with or perform the acts of a property tax lender; or

(B) a person who performs only clerical functions such as delivering a loan application to a property tax lender, gathering or requesting information related to a property tax loan application on behalf of the prospective borrower or property tax lender, word processing, sending correspondence, or assembling files.

(2) "Property tax loan" means an advance of money:

(A) in connection with a transfer of lien under Section 32.06, Tax Code, or a contract under Section 32.065, Tax Code;

(B) in connection with which the person making the transfer arranges for the payment, with a property owner's written consent, of property taxes and related closing costs on behalf of the property owner in accordance with Section 32.06, Tax Code; and

(C) that is secured by a special lien against property transferred from a taxing unit to the property tax lender and which may be further secured by the lien or security interest created by a deed of trust, security deed, or other security instrument.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.0021. AUTHORIZED CHARGES. (a) The contract between a property tax lender and a property owner may require the property owner to pay the following costs after closing:

(1) a reasonable fee for filing the release of a tax lien authorized under Section 32.06(b), Tax Code;

(2) a reasonable fee for a payoff statement authorized under Section 32.06(f-3), Tax Code;

(3) a reasonable fee for providing information regarding the current balance owed by the property owner authorized under Section 32.06(g), Tax Code;

(4) reasonable and necessary attorney's fees, recording fees, and court costs for actions that are legally required to respond to a suit filed under Chapter 33, Tax Code, or to perform a foreclosure, including fees required to be paid to an official and fees for an attorney ad litem;

(5) to the extent permitted by the United States Bankruptcy Code, attorney's fees and court costs for services performed after the property owner files a voluntary bankruptcy petition;

(6) a reasonable fee for title examination and preparation of an abstract of title by an attorney, a title company, or a property search company authorized to do business in this state;

(7) a processing fee for insufficient funds, as authorized under Section 3.506, Business & Commerce Code;

(8) a fee for collateral protection insurance, as authorized under Chapter 307;

(9) a prepayment penalty, unless the lien transferred is on residential property owned and used by the property owner for personal, family, or household purposes;

(10) recording expenses incurred in connection with a modification necessary to preserve a borrower's ability to avoid a foreclosure proceeding; and

(11) fees for copies of transaction documents requested by the property owner.

(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a)(11), a property tax lender shall provide a property owner:

(1) one free copy of the transaction documents at closing; and

(2) an additional free copy of the transaction documents on the property owner's request following closing.

(c) A property tax lender or any successor in interest may not charge:

(1) any fee, other than interest, after closing in connection with the transfer of a tax lien unless the fee is expressly authorized under this section; or

(2) any interest that is not expressly authorized under Section 32.06, Tax Code.

(d) Except for charges authorized under Subsections (a)(1), (2), (3), (9), and (11), any amount charged by a property tax lender after closing must be for services performed by a person that is not an employee of the property tax lender.

(e) The finance commission may adopt rules implementing and interpreting this section.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 622 (S.B. 762), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2011.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 1, eff. May 29, 2013.

Sec. 351.0022. WAIVER PROHIBITED. Except as specifically permitted by this chapter or Chapter 32, Tax Code, a property owner may not waive or limit a requirement imposed on a property tax lender by this chapter.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 2, eff. May 29, 2013.

Sec. 351.0023. SOLICITATION OF LOANS; NOTICE. (a) A property tax lender who solicits property tax loans by mail, e-mail, or other print or electronic media shall include on the first page of all solicitation materials, in at least 12-point boldface type, a notice substantially similar to the following: "YOUR TAX OFFICE MAY OFFER DELINQUENT TAX INSTALLMENT PLANS THAT MAY BE LESS COSTLY TO YOU. YOU CAN REQUEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE PLANS FROM THE TAX OFFICE."

(b) A property tax lender who solicits property tax loans by broadcast media, including a television or radio broadcast, shall state the following in the broadcast: "YOUR TAX OFFICE MAY OFFER DELINQUENT TAX INSTALLMENT PLANS THAT MAY BE LESS COSTLY TO YOU. YOU CAN REQUEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE PLANS FROM THE TAX OFFICE."

(c) A property tax lender may not, in any manner, advertise or cause to be advertised a false, misleading, or deceptive statement or representation relating to a rate, term, or condition of a property tax loan.

(d) A property tax lender who refers to a rate or charge in an advertisement shall state the rate or charge fully and clearly. If the rate or charge is a rate of finance charge, the advertisement must include the annual percentage rate and specifically refer to the rate as an "annual percentage rate." The advertisement must state that the annual percentage rate may be increased after the contract is executed, if applicable. The advertisement may not refer to any other rate, except that a simple annual rate that is applied to the unpaid balance of a property tax loan may be stated in conjunction with, but not more conspicuously than, the annual percentage rate.

(e) If an advertisement for a property tax loan includes the number of payments, period of repayment, amount of any payment, or amount of any finance charges, the advertisement must, in addition to any applicable requirements of Subsection (d), include:

(1) the terms of repayment, including the repayment obligations over the full term of the loan and any balloon payment;

(2) the annual percentage rate, and must refer to that rate as the annual percentage rate; and

(3) a statement that the lender may increase the annual percentage rate after the contract is executed, if applicable.

(f) The finance commission may adopt rules to implement and enforce this section.

(g) Notwithstanding Section 14.251, the commissioner may assess an administrative penalty under Subchapter F, Chapter 14, against a property tax lender who violates this section, regardless of whether the violation is knowing or wilful.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 2, eff. May 29, 2013.

Sec. 351.003. SECONDARY MARKET TRANSACTIONS. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), this chapter does not prohibit a property tax lender from receiving compensation from a party other than the property tax loan applicant for the sale, transfer, assignment, or release of rights on the closing of a property tax loan transaction.

(b) A person may not sell, transfer, assign, or release rights to a property tax loan to a person who is not licensed under Section 351.051 or exempt from the application of this chapter under Section 351.051(c).

(c) The finance commission shall adopt rules to implement this section.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 3, eff. May 29, 2013.

Sec. 351.004. AFFILIATED BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS. A property tax lender may conduct business under this chapter in an office, office suite, room, or place of business in which any other business is conducted or in combination with any other business unless the commissioner:

(1) determines after a hearing that the conduct of the other business in that office, office suite, room, or place of business has concealed an evasion of this chapter; and

(2) orders the lender in writing to desist from the conduct of the other business in that office, office suite, room, or place of business.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1382 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 351.005. APPLICATION OF TAX CODE. This chapter does not affect the application of Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.006. ENFORCEMENT. (a) In addition to any other applicable enforcement provisions, Subchapters E, F, and G, Chapter 14, apply to a violation of this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code, in connection with property tax loans.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 14.251, the commissioner may assess an administrative penalty under Subchapter F, Chapter 14, against a person who violates Section 32.06(b-1), Tax Code, regardless of whether the violation is knowing or wilful.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 622 (S.B. 762), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (H.B. 3453), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 351.007. RULES. The finance commission may adopt rules to ensure compliance with this chapter and Sections 32.06 and 32.065, Tax Code.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.008. EXAMINATION OF LENDERS; ACCESS TO RECORDS. (a) The commissioner or the commissioner's representative shall, at the times the commissioner or the representative considers necessary:

(1) examine each place of business of each property tax lender; and

(2) investigate the lender's transactions, including loans, and records, including books, accounts, papers, and correspondence, to the extent the transactions and records pertain to the business regulated under this chapter and Sections 32.06 and 32.065, Tax Code.

(b) The property tax lender shall:

(1) give the commissioner or the commissioner's representative free access to the lender's office, place of business, files, safes, and vaults; and

(2) allow the commissioner or the representative to make a copy of an item that may be investigated under Subsection (a)(2).

(c) During an examination, the commissioner or the commissioner's representative may administer oaths and examine any person under oath on any subject pertinent to a matter that the commissioner or the representative is authorized or required to consider, investigate, or secure information about under this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code.

(d) Information obtained under this section is confidential.

(e) A property tax lender's violation of Subsection (b) is a ground for the suspension or revocation of the lender's license.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1382 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 351.009. GENERAL INVESTIGATION. (a) To discover a violation of this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code, or to obtain information required under this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code, the commissioner or the commissioner's representative may investigate the records, including books, accounts, papers, and correspondence, of a person, including a property tax lender, who the commissioner or the representative has reasonable cause to believe is violating this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code, regardless of whether the person claims to not be subject to this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code.

(b) For the purposes of this section, a person who advertises, solicits, or otherwise represents that the person is willing to make a property tax loan is presumed to be engaged in the business described by Section 351.051.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1382 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 351.010. REFUSAL TO ALLOW EXAMINATION OR INSPECTION. A property tax lender who fails or refuses to permit an examination or investigation authorized by this subchapter violates this chapter. The failure or refusal is grounds for the suspension or revocation of the lender's license.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1382 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 351.011. VERIFICATION OF NET ASSETS. If the commissioner questions the amount of a property tax lender's net assets, the commissioner may require certification by an independent certified public accountant that:

(1) the accountant has reviewed the property tax lender's books, other records, and transactions during the reporting year;

(2) the books and other records are maintained using generally accepted accounting principles; and

(3) the property tax lender meets the net assets requirement of Section 351.153.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1382 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

SUBCHAPTER B. AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES; LICENSE


Sec. 351.051. LICENSE REQUIRED. (a) A person must hold a license issued under this chapter to:

(1) engage in the business of making, transacting, or negotiating property tax loans; or

(2) contract for, charge, or receive, directly or indirectly, in connection with a property tax loan subject to this chapter, a charge, including interest, compensation, consideration, or another expense, authorized under this chapter or Chapter 32, Tax Code.

(b) A person may not use any device, subterfuge, or pretense to evade the application of this section.

(c) Except as provided by Section 351.003, this chapter does not apply to:

(1) any of the following entities or an employee of any of the following entities, if the employee is acting for the benefit of the employer:

(A) a bank, savings bank, or savings and loan association, or a subsidiary or an affiliate of a bank, savings bank, or savings and loan association; or

(B) a state or federal credit union, or a subsidiary, affiliate, or credit union service organization of a state or federal credit union; or

(2) an individual who:

(A) is related to the property owner within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573, Government Code; or

(B) makes five or fewer property tax loans in any consecutive 12-month period from the individual's own funds.

(d) A property tax lender licensed under this chapter is not required to be licensed under Chapter 156 or any other provision of this code.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 622 (S.B. 762), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 4, eff. May 29, 2013.

Sec. 351.0515. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR LICENSE REQUIRED. (a) In this section, "Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry" and "residential mortgage loan originator" have the meanings assigned by Section 180.002.

(b) Unless exempt under Section 180.003, an individual who acts as a residential mortgage loan originator in the making, transacting, or negotiating of a property tax loan for a principal dwelling must:

(1) be individually licensed to engage in that activity under this chapter;

(2) be enrolled with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry as required by Section 180.052; and

(3) comply with other applicable requirements of Chapter 180 and rules adopted under that chapter.

(c) The finance commission shall adopt rules establishing procedures for issuing, renewing, and enforcing an individual license under this section. In adopting rules under this subsection, the finance commission shall ensure that:

(1) the minimum eligibility requirements for issuance of an individual license are the same as the requirements of Section 180.055;

(2) the minimum eligibility requirements for renewal of an individual license are the same as the requirements of Section 180.059; and

(3) the applicant pays:

(A) an investigation fee in a reasonable amount determined by the commissioner; and

(B) an annual license fee in an amount determined as provided by Section 14.107.

(d) The finance commission may adopt rules under this chapter as required to carry out the intentions of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-289).

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1104 (H.B. 10), Sec. 17, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 351.052. ISSUANCE OF MORE THAN ONE LICENSE FOR PROPERTY TAX LENDER. (a) The commissioner may issue more than one license to a property tax lender on compliance with this chapter for each license.

(b) A person who is required to hold a license under this chapter must hold a separate license for each office at which property tax loans are made, negotiated, serviced, held, or collected under this chapter.

(c) A license is not required under this chapter for a place of business:

(1) devoted to accounting or other recordkeeping; and

(2) at which property tax loans are not made, negotiated, serviced, held, or collected under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.053. AREA OF BUSINESS; PROPERTY TAX LOANS BY MAIL. (a) A property tax lender is not limited to making property tax loans to residents of the community in which the office for which the license or other authority is granted is located.

(b) A property tax lender may make, negotiate, arrange, and collect property tax loans by mail from a licensed office.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.054. NOTICE TO TAXING UNIT. (a) A transferee of a tax lien must include with the sworn document executed by the borrower and filed with the collector of a taxing unit under Section 32.06(a-1), Tax Code, the information required by this section.

(b) If the transferee is licensed under this chapter, the transferee shall include with the filing the licensee's license number assigned by the commissioner.

(c) If the transferee is exempt from this chapter under Section 351.051(c)(1), the transferee shall include with the filing an affidavit stating the entity's type of organization that qualifies it for the exemption, any charter number assigned by the governmental authority that issued the entity's charter, and the address of the entity's main office.

(d) If the transferee is exempt from this chapter under Section 351.051(c)(2), the transferee shall include a certificate issued by the commissioner indicating the entity's exemption. The commissioner shall establish procedures for issuance of a certificate under this subsection, application requirements, and requirements regarding information that must be submitted with an application.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 206 (S.B. 247), Sec. 5, eff. May 29, 2013.

SUBCHAPTER C. APPLICATION FOR AND ISSUANCE OF LICENSE


Sec. 351.101. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS. (a) The application for a license under this chapter must:

(1) be under oath;

(2) give the approximate location from which business is to be conducted;

(3) identify the business's principal parties in interest; and

(4) contain other relevant information that the commissioner requires for the findings required under Section 351.104.

(b) On the filing of one or more license applications, the applicant shall pay to the commissioner an investigation fee not to exceed $200.

(c) On the filing of each license application, the applicant shall pay to the commissioner for the license's year of issuance a license fee in an amount determined as provided by Section 14.107.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.102. BOND. (a) If the commissioner requires, an applicant for a license under this chapter shall file with the application a bond that is:

(1) in an amount not to exceed the total of:

(A) $50,000 for the first license; and

(B) $10,000 for each additional license;

(2) satisfactory to the commissioner; and

(3) issued by a surety company qualified to do business as a surety in this state.

(b) The bond must be in favor of this state for the use of this state and the use of a person who has a cause of action under this chapter against the license holder.

(c) The bond must be conditioned on:

(1) the license holder's faithful performance under this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter; and

(2) the payment of all amounts that become due to the state or another person under this chapter during the calendar year for which the bond is given.

(d) The aggregate liability of a surety to all persons damaged by the license holder's violation of this chapter may not exceed the amount of the bond.

(e) A license holder engaged in the business of making, transacting, or negotiating a property tax loan for a principal dwelling must meet the surety bond or recovery fund fee requirement, as applicable, of the holder's residential mortgage loan originator under Section 180.058.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1104 (H.B. 10), Sec. 18, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 351.103. INVESTIGATION OF APPLICATION. On the filing of an application and, if required, a bond, and on payment of the required fees, the commissioner shall conduct an investigation to determine whether to issue the license.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.104. APPROVAL OR DENIAL OF APPLICATION. (a) The commissioner shall approve the application and issue to the applicant a license to make property tax loans under this chapter if the commissioner finds that:

(1) the financial responsibility, experience, character, and general fitness of the applicant are sufficient to:

(A) command the confidence of the public; and

(B) warrant the belief that the business will be operated lawfully and fairly, within the purposes of this chapter; and

(2) the applicant has net assets of at least $25,000 available for the operation of the business.

(b) If the commissioner does not find that the eligibility requirements of Subsection (a) are met, the commissioner shall notify the applicant.

(c) If an applicant requests a hearing on the application not later than the 30th day after the date of notification under Subsection (b), the applicant is entitled to a hearing not later than the 60th day after the date of the request.

(d) The commissioner shall approve or deny the application not later than the 60th day after the date of the filing of a completed application with payment of the required fees, or if a hearing is held, after the date of the completion of the hearing on the application. The commissioner and the applicant may agree to a later date in writing.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.105. DISPOSITION OF FEES ON DENIAL OF APPLICATION. If the commissioner denies the application, the commissioner shall retain the investigation fee and shall return to the applicant the license fee submitted with the application.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

SUBCHAPTER D. LICENSE


Sec. 351.151. NAME AND PLACE ON LICENSE. (a) A license must state:

(1) the name of the license holder; and

(2) the address of the office from which the business is to be conducted.

(b) A license holder may not conduct business under this chapter under a name or at a place of business in this state other than the name or office stated on the license.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.152. LICENSE DISPLAY. A license holder shall display a license at the place of business provided on the license.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.153. MINIMUM ASSETS FOR LICENSE. A license holder shall maintain for each office for which a license is held net assets of at least $25,000 that are used or readily available for use in conducting the business of that office.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.154. ANNUAL LICENSE FEE. Not later than December 1, a license holder shall pay to the commissioner for each license held an annual fee for the year beginning the next January 1, in an amount determined as provided by Section 14.107.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.155. EXPIRATION OF LICENSE ON FAILURE TO PAY ANNUAL FEE. If the annual fee for a license is not paid before the 16th day after the date on which the written notice of delinquency of payment has been given to the license holder, the license expires on the later of:

(1) that day; or

(2) December 31 of the last year for which an annual fee was paid.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.156. LICENSE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION. After notice and a hearing the commissioner may suspend or revoke a license if the commissioner finds that:

(1) the license holder failed to pay the annual license fee, an examination fee, an investigation fee, or another charge imposed by the commissioner under this chapter;

(2) the license holder, knowingly or without the exercise of due care, violated this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code, or a rule adopted or an order issued under this chapter or Section 32.06 or 32.065, Tax Code;

(3) a fact or condition exists that, if it had existed or had been known to exist at the time of the original application for the license, clearly would have justified the commissioner's denial of the application; or

(4) the license holder has failed to ensure that an individual acting as a residential mortgage loan originator, as defined by Section 180.002, in the making, transacting, or negotiating of a property tax loan for a principal dwelling is licensed under this chapter in accordance with Section 351.0515.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1104 (H.B. 10), Sec. 19, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 351.157. CORPORATE CHARTER FORFEITURE. (a) A license holder who violates this chapter is subject to revocation of the holder's license and, if the license holder is a corporation, forfeiture of its charter.

(b) When the attorney general is notified of a violation of this chapter and revocation of a license, the attorney general shall file suit in a district court in Travis County, if the license holder is a corporation, for forfeiture of the license holder's charter.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.158. LICENSE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION FILED WITH PUBLIC RECORDS. The decision of the commissioner on the suspension or revocation of a license and the evidence considered by the commissioner in making the decision shall be filed in the public records of the commissioner.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.159. REINSTATEMENT OF SUSPENDED LICENSE; ISSUANCE OF NEW LICENSE AFTER REVOCATION. The commissioner may reinstate a suspended license or issue a new license on application to a person whose license has been revoked if at the time of the reinstatement or issuance no fact or condition exists that clearly would have justified the commissioner's denial of an original application for the license.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.160. SURRENDER OF LICENSE. A license holder may surrender a license issued under this chapter by delivering to the commissioner:

(1) the license; and

(2) a written notice of the license's surrender.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.161. EFFECT OF LICENSE SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, OR SURRENDER. (a) The suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license issued under this chapter does not affect the obligation of a contract between the license holder and a debtor entered into before the revocation, suspension, or surrender.

(b) Surrender of a license does not affect the license holder's civil or criminal liability for an act committed before surrender.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.162. MOVING AN OFFICE. (a) A license holder shall give written notice to the commissioner before the 30th day preceding the date the license holder moves an office from the location provided on the license.

(b) The commissioner shall amend a license holder's license accordingly.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.163. TRANSFER OR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE. A license may be transferred or assigned only with the approval of the commissioner.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 351.164. REPORTING REQUIREMENT. (a) Each year, a license holder shall file with the commissioner a report that contains relevant information concerning its transactions conducted under this chapter.

(b) A report under this section must be:

(1) under oath; and

(2) in the form prescribed by the commissioner.

(c) A report under this section is confidential.

(d) Annually the commissioner shall prepare and publish a consolidated analysis and recapitulation of reports filed under this section.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1220 (H.B. 2138), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.